Using this new extension from the HERE Platform, developers can add geofencing capabilities to their service-site applications allowing businesses to better track, monitor and enhance the safety of people and assets.
In simple terms, geofencing is when you define a geographic boundary or perimeter, which can then be used to set up alerts or triggers when something enters or leaves the specified area. Many can readily understand the value of geofencing for things like an alert when a rental car leaves the country or crosses a defined boundary, but there are many other ways developers can use this functionality to enrich their applications.
Logistics companies can use geofencing to set up alerts when their delivery trucks are within 15 minutes of the warehouse so that personnel can be ready and waiting to unload the goods while taxi services could use geofencing to be alerted when there are less than five available cars within a high-demand pickup zone, like an airport or a stadium on game day, helping them redirect cars to where potential passengers are located.
“The possibilities are only limited by a developer’s creativity,” says Dieter Wallman, a senior product manager at HERE, who looks after auditing industry requirements from our developer tools and seeing that these requirements are met, “You can even use geofencing to help keeps tabs on your kids and get alerts when they leave the perimeter of the school grounds, grandma’s house or your own backyard.”
“Geofencing had been a missing puzzle piece in our professional location platform until now,” continues Dieter, “What sets our solution apart from others is that it’s very scalable and fast, capable of tracking thousands of assets within a single application, making it up to the challenge of enterprise level use cases.”
The new geofencing extension works in combination with other services available in the HERE Platform for Business. For example, using the isoline routing service from HERE you can define the area that can be reached from a specific spot, say your company’s distribution center, within a particular time or distance. Then you could use the resulting polygon in combination with the geofencing extension to set up your trigger alerts.
Geofencing is available now on our developer site, along with code examples and demo applications to get you started. We’d be very interested to hear from any readers who make use of it in a project.